House Energy Policy Committee advances the best legislation money can buy

Two weeks ago, without giving ratepayers or customer so much as a chance to read the bill, Michigan’s House Energy Policy Committee voted to advance House Bill 4298, job-killing energy legislation favored by the state’s monopoly utility providers.

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Will Lansing side with corporations or kids?

by Greg McNeilly, chairman of the Michigan Freedom Fund


Hey parents. What would you say if I told you politicians in Lansing are poised to pass a pair of bills that would take nearly $24 million each year out of Michigan classrooms? Why? So they could send that money to two massive corporations (and major campaign contributors).

Shocked? It’s worse.

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Glenn: Keep energy choice alive

Representative Gary Glenn (R-Midland) recently opined in The Detroit News that Michigan lawmakers should support Energy Choice and keep it alive in our state. We couldn't agree more! 

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Lansing needs a contract for accountability

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund


If voters’ faith in state government is a little bit shaken these days, it’s not hard to understand why.

Republican state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat recently got busted (and then run out of office) for misusing taxpayer resources in a bizarre attempt to cover up an illicit affair.

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You’re in the 1 Percent

by Jarrett Skorup, @JarrettSkorup, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


1percent01_money.pngThe Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” recently ran a piece titled, “What it’s like to be a part of the world’s richest 1 percent, in 15 incredible photos.” This features photos of a man floating in a swimming pool on top of a skyscraper, an in-home cinema, maids, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a patient about to undergo plastic surgery, a personal chef at a luxury lodge and a gated community.

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The Truth About Wages in Right-to-Work States

Natalie Johnson /  / September 02, 2015


Private sector wages are not reduced in right-to-work states as union advocates have argued, according to a new report released Tuesday by The Heritage Foundation.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Wrong to Suggest $15 Minimum Wage in Detroit

Detroit Deserves a Comeback, Not a Setback

According to MLive, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez visited Detroit on Tuesday in a pre-Labor Day. Here's a snippet from MLive:

Labor organizers and fast food workers have been staging periodic protests calling for a $15-per-hour wage outside Detroit-area restaurants throughout the past two years drawing mixed reactions from passersby.

Perez has expressed support in the past for passage of $15 minimum wage measures in large cities.

"I believe the folks in those areas are in the best position to know what's best for their communities," he told the Huffington Post. "I think we need a federal floor that gets people above the poverty line, but we also need actions elsewhere."

He's right, folks in those areas are in the best position to know what's best for their communities. He's wrong to suggest that Washington, D.C. politicians have the solution with a $15 minimum wage.

Here's why!

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Flight and the Power of the Free Market

First_flight2.jpgThe story of the first airplane shows the power of free market principles, and the exceptional quality of American entrepreneurship. Throughout history, where government subsidies fail, private enterprise succeeds. 

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Dems Admit Redistricting Scheme is a Partisan Power Grab

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund

Voters beware.

After another series of stinging electoral losses last fall, Democrats and liberal interest groups have revealed their scheme for Election Day dominance, and it has nothing to do with earning more trust from voters.

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Stop Punishing Michiganders for Working

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund

With lawmakers debating competing road funding plans, tax policy is a hot topic again in Lansing.  It’s just a shame that it’s been such a one-sided discussion.

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